Football: Liverpool were denied a famous victory in the 219th Merseyside derby and in controversial fashion as Luis Suarez was ajudged offside when he poked in substitute Sebastian Coates’s header right at the death.
Replays clearly showed Suarez was onside and was worthy of what should have been a sublime hat-trick after putting Liverpool in a commanding position early in the first half.
The Uruguayan benefited from some slack marking by the hosts and then got lucky as his 14th-minute effort deflected in off Everton’s Leighton Baines.
Suarez celebrated with a swan dive right in front of Everton boss David Moyes, who had singled him out for criticism before the encounter.
The Toffees manager, however, took it in good spirit saying: “It’s something I may have done myself.”
But Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was quick to point out that Everton’s captain was booked for simulation in the first half, saying: “Do you want me to talk about Phil Neville?”
Saurez put the visitors in a dominant position on 20 minutes, heading in a Steven Gerrard free kick after Raheem Sterling fell several strides after a challenge from Leon Osman, incensing the home crowd.
However Osman made up for his error midway through the first half, drilling home Liverpool keeper Brad Jones’s punched clearance into the bottom corner. The hosts then took the game to their local rivals and levelled with 10 minutes of the first half remaining.
Kevin Mirallas linked up with Marouane Fellaini who set up Steven Naismith for his first Everton goal with a tap-in from five yards.
Both Rodgers and Moyes were in agreement that the goal at the end should have counted, but Moyes was adamant that Suarez should not have been on the pitch for an earlier challenge on Sylvain Distin, for which he was booked.